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3 Months since first OB - itchiness/shivering during period

Hey! Fairly new to herpes so still figuring out what is going on with my body, and looking for any advice.

So since my first OB 3 months ago (I have genital HSV1 mainly around my anus) I have had a pretty much constant itch/tingle which seems to be getting better with time, however I'm on my period at the moment and the itching has gotten more intense, I can see some red irritation down there and I also had the shivers today at work (I was shaking really bad during my first OB like hot cold sweats).

I haven't had an actual blister since my initial OB but just itching, some redness and then some flu like shivers which pass pretty quick. Just wondering if anyone else has had similar symptoms or gets worse symptoms around their period?

I have also noticed that since my first OB my skin down there is really really sensitive, and I think maybe shaving has caused the irritation this time around. But in general the skin is super sensitive down there, for example if a long head hair end ups tangled down there after a shower (long haired ladies you get me right lol!) it will cause crazy itching until I remove it.

Anyone else have similar experiences or have any advice at all?

I'm kinda prepared to ride this out for a year and hoping for the best that my body will calm down soon, and I won't have to have an itchy butt forever....ha!

P.S Thanks in advance for your answers - this forum has helped me a lot in dealing with my diagnosis :)

Comments

  • Your post cracks me up. I have no idea if what you are experiencing is herpes related or not but it's possible since your herpes diagnosis your genitals are always on your mind and therefore you notice every tiny itch, bump, tickle, etc. I know I've looked at my vulva more in the last two months than I have in my entire life. Every little twinge or itch I'm taking a peek to see if I'm getting a second out break. It's been two months since my initial symptoms and I'm constantly wondering if/when another out break will occur and what it will look like.
  • Username said:

    Your post cracks me up. I have no idea if what you are experiencing is herpes related or not but it's possible since your herpes diagnosis your genitals are always on your mind and therefore you notice every tiny itch, bump, tickle, etc. I know I've looked at my vulva more in the last two months than I have in my entire life. Every little twinge or itch I'm taking a peek to see if I'm getting a second out break. It's been two months since my initial symptoms and I'm constantly wondering if/when another out break will occur and what it will look like.

    I know right! I've never looked at my lady parts so much in my whole life. You're right that every twinge/itch makes me think it's an outbreak as herpes is on my mind a lot.

    I know that the itchiness I'm feeling now is herpes related though, and today I can see red bumps forming...so looking like a second OB. I don't have any antivirals either as the doctors here in the UK don't tend to prescribe it. Such fun...
  • edited February 14
    I understand. I had my first single lesion outbreak in early November. I've not had more than 10 or so days where I was not uncomfortable one way or another. Mine is so far only on my vagina. One lesion outside. Then it came back to same area. Then I have another short break from it all and then I start to itch and tickle inside and slowly it creeps to around the entrance. Never notice any sores - but this continues for 2 months. (tested for yeast and vaginosis- negative) I have a couple moments where I'm like, I feel kinda ok so I get off. A week later, I'm still not well, but in the mood, I get off. No insertion of course!
    Needless to say, the rubbing of my finger caused a massive white tiny sore outbreak like mold up my clitoral hood and surrounding flesh.... guarantee I'll not be indulging again any time soon. Not cool.

    It's weird for me how it creeps around. As I don't have those same issues inside anymore - only the new BO. Creepy virus.

    However, it's bothersome this sensitivity you speak of and I am too hoping it dissipates. As it's one thing to have herpes and another to not even have an orgasm without activating it! I wonder if I'll ever wear pretty g-strings again.... and be comfortable. Can't fathom sex - if my finger twice did this? Yikes.

    Even worse, I've been on drugs for it the whole time. SO... going to try a new drug or maybe I will just have to ride it out. That all said, when time is better and I feel better about all this noise, there are clinics to go to for trials. Great resources for knowledge too. And some pay. Because this is BS to have to change my entire sexual, bathing, clothing, orgasming, (trying dietary changes now) habits for soon to be 4 months!

    OH, and I only had chills and prodrome aches the first two BO- which for me thus far were the most mild. 3 and 4 are bitches!
  • edited February 14
    Good luck! Keep me posted and let me know how it compares to your first out break. From everything I've read subsequent out breaks aren't as bad as the first. I don't know if I have 1 or 2 but 1 is suppose to recur less. I had my first out break mid December so I'm on month 2. If it's HSV2 I expect another out break within a month. If it's HSV1 not quit so soon. My first out break wasn't terrible, way more psychologically hard than physically, so I'm hoping future ones will be easy to deal with. I have a refill for antivirals in case I need them in the future but I think I'm just going to ride it out if an out break occurs and see how my body handles it on its own.
  • @Sunset Based on my experience so far and what I've heard from others, the first few months your body kind of freaks out and skin is really sensitive while your system gets used to the virus and building up the antibodies. I'm pretty sure my shaving has caused this OB due to irritating the sensitive skin. So you have probably also just irritated it and caused a small OB...I guess we will have to give it a bit longer to calm down. I'm feeling positive though that this will get better, and once it does we can appreciate not feeling uncomfortable all the time!

    @Username Today the OB seems to have calmed down a bit, still some red rash and I can see that I have some bumpy skin but no blisters and no worse than yesterday, but actually a bit of improvement. Saying that, I did go to the gym yesterday and that may have caused it to flare up a bit, whereas today I've got back from work and collapsed into bed (bliss!). I have also heard that HSV2 reccurs more often, but I think it really depends person to person, and generally in the first year of having either HSV type you will likely have multiple OBs. Also totally agree that the psychological effects of HSV are worse than the physical...my first OB wasn't pleasant but it wasn't awful, but in my head it's been tough. It has however shown me how tough I am, and I'm kind of approaching everything with a bit more of a "fuckit let's do this" attitude which is working well for me so far haha!

    Also, I don't know whether I'm finding it depressing or hilarious that I'm sat in bed alone on Valentines day ordering myself a bulk supply of herpes meds LOL #whatismylife

  • Also, I don't know whether I'm finding it depressing or hilarious that I'm sat in bed alone on Valentines day ordering myself a bulk supply of herpes meds LOL #whatismylife

    Lol! This cracks me up. I worked all day for Valentine's Day. I'm sure you'll have the chance for lots of romantic Valentine's Days in the future.
  • BlueBerry08 - what's even more hilarious is that I too ordered new antivirals yesterday and got into it with docs on delay on getting back with me on options.
    Happy Valetines to Us! lol....

    And I agree - time. Just 4 months in and on drugs... just tired of this discomfort and missing my once almost daily O's!
  • Sunset said:

    BlueBerry08 - what's even more hilarious is that I too ordered new antivirals yesterday and got into it with docs on delay on getting back with me on options.
    Happy Valetines to Us! lol....

    And I agree - time. Just 4 months in and on drugs... just tired of this discomfort and missing my once almost daily O's!

    Yup I get it - 3 months down and I'm still tingling most of the time and then feeling itchy and unwell every so often as well. The doc made it sound like I'd have one OB, then would be back to my old self right after with no symptoms...

    Time, patience and self care is the way forward! Keep us posted on how you get on :)
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